Lapworth History Society
26 May 2017

The Lapworth Local History Group was founded in 1965 with the aim to foster and encourage learning about history with a focus on local issues, especially in Warwickshire and the Midlands of England’. The President is the local historian, Joy Woodall, author of Portrait of Lapworth. The Group is affiliated to the British Association for Local History, Warwickshire Local History Society and Friends of the Warwickshire County Record Office. Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings in September, October, November, January, March and April at Lapworth Village Hall. The group also organises three or four visits each summer/autumn with coach transport starting from the Village Hall.

Joining the group is easy. Come along to one of our meetings, contact us by phone or online via our secretary, Linda Cousins ( on 01564 782124, or our visits secretary, Barry Kennaugh on 01564 783464 or 07913 292263. Annual membership costs £10 for adults and £5 for students (under 22). New members and visitors (a small charge of £3 is made) are always welcome to our meetings. Tea/coffee and biscuits are available at most meetings. We meet at Lapworth Village Hall on the Old Warwick Road (B94 6LD) for the Tuesday evening meetings at 7.45 p.m.

Events during 2017 include a series of talks and visits: talks to include:
  • The History of the Cast Iron Cooking Pot - Dr Richard Williams
  • When the Lights Went Out - When Birmingham Went to War - Andrew Lound
  • The Staffordshire Hoard - Lizzie Miller
  • The Great Fire of Warwick - Dr Gillian White
  • Metal Detecting Around Birmingham - Bob Burton
  • The Lost Railway - Paul Baker
Details of the History Group programme are to be found here.

History Visits are a feature of the society and full details of the visits programme are here. For further details and bookings contact Barry Kennaugh 01564 783464 or 07913 292263 .

Past visits have included the Ludlow and Stokesay Castle, Red House Glass Cone and Broadfield Glass Museum in Stourbridge, Chedworth Roman Villa, Bath, Arbury Hall - the birthplace of George Eliot, and Bletchley Park..

Stokesay Castle in Shropshire, perhaps the best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England, largely unchanged for over 700 years.

An Online Archive of old photographs and documents from Lapworth, Rowington and the surrounding area is being compiled with contributions most welcome. It is being developed in conjunction with the Rowington Records Group and can be visited at It is organised into categories which you can select by clicking on the relevant image. Have fun with this and tell others and encourage them to help us build a really good archive for Lapworth.